This is happening in the US, but could equally apply to any westernised democracy (ha!) you might mention, including ours. New York's Mayor Bloomberg has initiated a law banning the sale of large soda drinks - plus, by the by, the use of the cups they are served in - and looks like making absolutely sure no public voice will be listened to if it objects.
Over the course of 11 years, since the unfortunate election of a man named Michael Bloomberg as Dear Leader of this city, we have learned through personal participation in the process that any hearing held on matters of alleged "public health" that seek to infringe upon the free choice of individuals to enjoy otherwise legal products by eliminating choice through force of law are nothing more than theatrical productions. The matter was decided the minute the idea entered Bloomberg's and his health police's (aka Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, aka hearing board members) heads.Ring any bells?
The invitation to testify is motivated not by sought after genuine fairness but to create a perception of such. Where it's long held that government answers to the people a hearing should be "this is our idea, tell us what you think," instead of "this is what we're going to do, now convince us (ha ha) otherwise if you can."
There is no convincing men on a mission, like Commissioner Farley, of anything else when he ludicrously says, in order to support his position that this is any of goverment's business, that, "If a virus were killing 5,800 people this year, people would be clamoring for government action to stop it," as if an uninvited contagious disease ("virus") is comparable to a beverage choice by personal invitation.It's the modern way, unfortunately.
Dropping off written comments strictly for the record and then snubbing this sham of a "hearing" would have a greater impact than attending in some tremendously blind misguided belief that anything said there will make one bit of difference. Especially now, in light of the fact that yesterday Bloomberg vindicated C.L.A.S.H.'s position by snorting, when asked what he thinks of the protests, "Nobody's going to stop this."
The state and its hired goons will happily take every penny possible from you; spend it on whatever lunacy enters their tiny minds on a whim; and then spend even more denying you any way of raising your concerns.
"Morally wrong"? There is nothing, and I mean nothing, more morally wrong with the world than governments which have deliberately and systematically manoeuvred themselves into a position of immunity from criticism and censure by their electorate.
Pass those laws, fuckers, just don't expect them to be respected or anyone to believe you are acting 'democratically' unless you start listening to those who disagree with you (forlorn hope, I know). That façade collapsed years ago.